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Lunch in NYC with Richard C. Morais, Author of the International Best Seller, The Hundred-Foot Journey

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Bid now on an intimate lunch with acclaimed author, Richard C. Morais, at his favorite Indian restaurant in NYC. Richard is the author of the international bestseller The Hundred-Foot Journey which was recently made into a film starring Dame Helen Mirren. Also included in this lot are a signed copy of the book, which the author will personalize for the winning bidder, and an original movie poster from the film.


The Hundred-Foot Journey is an international bestseller that has sold in 29 markets worldwide, and received the following critical endorsements in the US:

  • The editorial board of The New York Times Book Review made the novel an “Editors’ Choice” before placing it on “Paperback Row.”
  • Picked as a “Literary Destination” by National Public Radio, one of five books to escape by.
  • Picked as a “favorite summer read” of 2010 by O, The Oprah Magazine.
  • Picked by Amazon:Kindle editors as one of the 10 best books of June.
  • Picked as an “Indie Next Great Reads” for July, by the American Booksellers Association.
  • Recipient of a “starred” review by the American Library Association’s BookList.
  • Picked as a Book Of The Month Club “alternate selection” for release January, 2011.
  • DreamWorks film produced by Steven Spielberg, Oprah Winfrey, and Juliet Blake. The film, to be released August 8th, 2014, is directed by Lasse Hallstrom, and stars Dame Helen Miren, Om Puri, Manish Dayal, and Charlotte Le Bon.

The Story

A middle-aged chef, Hassan Haji, recounts his life’s journey, from his family’s modest restaurant in Mumbai to his elegant restaurant in Paris where he has conquered the insular world of French haute cuisine. A tragedy at home in Mumbai pushes Hassan’s boisterous family into a picaresque journey across Europe, where they ultimately settle opposite a famous chef, Madam Mallory, in the remote French village of Lumière. After a series of hilarious cultural mishaps, the grand French chef discovers, much to her horror, that the young boy cooking in the cheap Indian restaurant across the way is a chef with natural talents far superior to her own. A culinary war ensues, full of plot twists, pitting Hassan’s Mumbai-toughened father against the imperious Madam Mallory, a battle royale that finally reveals to young Hassan his true destiny in life.

Full of eccentric characters, vivid settings, and delicious meals, Hassan’s charming tale lays bare the inner workings of the elite world of French haute cuisine. In the process, however, Hassan also discovers a truism that bedevils any man who has gone out into the world to make his mark: the true costs of rising to the top are only revealed later in life.

Donated by: Richard C. Morais

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Valid for 2 people.  Exact restaurant is TBD and will be in New York, NY.  

Lot #577600

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